Standards and modifications

Importing motor vehicles

Apply for a vehicle import approval

A vehicle import approval must be obtained before importing a vehicle into Australia. 

Importing vehicles into Australia -  Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Vehicles imported before 1989

Right-hand drive

If you have an imported vehicle that is pre-1989 and that is right-hand drive please read the following document.

MR 628 Requirements for imported passenger vehicles manufactured prior to January 1989 (285.5 KB PDF)

Left-hand drive and 30 years or older

If you have a imported vehicle that is left-hand drive and is 30 years and older please read the following documents.

MR 629 left-hand drive vehicles (448.2 KB PDF)
MR 851 Application for single trip left hand drive exemption (622.8 KB PDF)

Left-hand drive and younger than 30 years

Left-hand drive vehicles that are younger than 30 years old will only be eligible for registration in South Australia once the vehicle has been converted to right-hand drive and subsequently had a roadworthiness inspection.

For more information on converting your vehicle to right hand drive please lodge the following application with the Vehicle Standards section of DPTI.

MR 620 Application to modify motor a vehicle (482.3 KB PDF)

Personally imported vehicles

If you have been granted personal import approval papers from the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development you will next need to fill out the following application and submit to Vehicle Standards, who will send you a statement of requirements.

MR 631 Application for exemption from the fitting of a identification plate for an imported motor vehicle (438.5 KB PDF)


You will also require a vehicle identity inspection and a roadworthiness inspection for these vehicles to be registered in South Australia.

Related information


Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Vehicle Standards
Phone: 1300 882 248

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